Good morning Mr. Kisela,
I am having a very frustrating experience at the building department. I had scheduled a drywall inspection for Tuesday on a bathroom project at my house. I followed the procedures to schedule the inspection and then left a voice mail to say what time Tuesday the walls would be ready for inspection. No one showed up or called to say they were not going to make it. Meanwhile my tile contractor cannot proceed with the project and my wife is stuck at home all day.
I went in to the building office this morning and was told that they would probably not get the inspection done today. After waiting for some time a gentleman came out with building official on his shirt (I did not get his name). He indicated they would try to get my inspection done today, but there was no guarantee. He showed me a very long list that was assigned to the inspector. He explained that they do not make phone calls to say they are not going to make it because they do not have time.
I believe they need additional help in this department. It appears the inspectors are overloaded and there is not even enough time for someone to call and let you know your inspection is delayed. Meanwhile, the homeowner has to be on site waiting for a visit that might not even come. People have lives to live and children that need to be picked up and should not have to wait day after day for an inspector to show up. I don’t even want to think about what my situation would be if my wife was also working.
I have been in my line of work for over 20 years. If I did not show up when I was supposed to and did not have the courtesy to make a call, my customers would find someone who would. Unfortunately, there is no alternative to the City for a building inspection and you have the power to fine or penalize if procedures are not followed.
The building official I spoke with was polite and sympathetic and I do not believe he is at fault. But as a homeowner and taxpayer, I believe the situation is unacceptable.
Robert M. (Mike) Rabren
3578 Sugarplum Lane